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Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The clinical training offered by NSCAP is funded by the NHS and commissioned by Health Education England. It is accreditated by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). This is a doctoral level training that is run in partnership with the Tavistock Centre, and validated by the University of Essex.

Trainees undergo a rigorous training within a four-year salaried trainee child and adolescent psychotherapy post in a North of England Child & Adolescent Menthal Health Service, (CAMHS) within an NHS Trust.  The training develops clinical expertise and research skills needed to prepare trainees for work in the NHS as a registered ACP Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a graduate entry profession. All applicants to the clinical training must have completed a recognised course of study in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.  Training in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies lays the foundations for clinical work and also facilitates access to the training for non-graduate applicants through offering the possibility of completing a Masters degree. It also provides an opportunity for assessment of personal suitability for working in psychotherapy with children and young people.  Applicants are encouraged to seek out personal psychoanalytic/psychodynamic analysis/psychotherapy and can receive guidance about this within their observational studies courses.

Child Psychotherapy trainees must have substantial prior experience of working with children and adolescents. This experience may have been gained in a wide range of settings, including health, education and social care.  Information on the profession of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Clinical Training at Northern School and how to apply for the clinical training, is contained in the downloadable information leaflet on the right of this page.

Recruitment for 2022-23 is now open and the deadline for applications is 24th January 2022.

Our annual Clinical Training Open Evening is taking place over Zoom on Thursday 25th November 2021, 6pm - 7:30pm.  If you would like to attend, please email with your name, contact details, details of which pre-requisite course you've completed and whether you're in your final year of study or have completed.  Please note, you must meet the pre-clinical requirements in order to attend the event.

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See below for FAQ's.




FAQ's - Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy Clinical Training

I’ve done x/y/z course, am I eligible for the Clinical Training?
All candidates must have completed a course of studies in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies or equivalent as this is the pre-clinical requirement for training.  Further information about this can be found on the ACP website.  The Psychoanalytic Observational Studies is provided by NSCAP and is a postgraduate part time course, usually completed over 3-4 years.  Candidates are invited to meet with their Observation Course tutor to discuss their intention to apply for clinical training and any need they may have for additional experience to meet entry requirements prior to application.

Applicants who have undertaken an equivalent Psychoanalytic Observational Studies course at another training establishment are welcome to apply to NSCAP for the clinical training but may have to complete additional requirements prior to acceptance, e.g. an additional year of infant observation if only one year has been completed.

Equivalent courses  can be found on the ACP website. There are nationwide courses including those based in Birmingham, London, Belfast and Glasgow.
Candidates are required to have an honours degree and substantial experience of working with infants, children or adolescents. The Association of Child Psychotherapists Training Council sets out the requirements for training in child psychotherapy and monitors the quality of each training school’s delivery of the training. These requirements consist of:

Work experience:  Trainees are required to have substantial experience of working with children and adolescents of varying ages. This experience may have been gained in a number of settings; including health, education and social care.

Personal suitability: Whilst completion of the course in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies is a pre-requisite for application to the clinical training, this does not in itself guarantee that applications will be successful. Applicants are expected to demonstrate at interview personal suitability to undertake clinical training in psychoanalytic work with children and young people.

Personal analysis:  Although it is not a definite requirement for applicants to have had analysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy during the pre-clinical course, it is strongly recommended that once or twice weekly treatment is undertaken in this period. If this has not been possible, one or more consultations with a training analyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist recognised by NSCAP and the ACP is considered to be a necessary part of the process of making an application to the clinical training. This will help potential trainees understand something of the process of personal analysis and enable them to make a more informed decision about whether they are ready to apply.

What experience do I need to do the Clinical training?
Trainees are required to have substantial experience of working with children and adolescents of varying ages. This experience may have been gained in a number of settings; including health, education and social care.  See above and the “Guidance for Trainees” document for information on the full eligibility requirements for the course.

How many clinical placements are there?
The number of commissioned clinical placements is 6 per year.  These placements are spread across the Yorkshire and Humber, the Northwest and the Northeast of England.

How many applications do you get for the clinical training?  Is it competitive?
All applicants for the clinical training programme must have completed the Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, and students on this course who wish to apply for the clinical training are invited to meet with their Course tutor to discuss their intentions.  This naturally results in a specific pool of eligible applicants for the clinical training programme. The process of application and interviews is rigorous and competitive with accessbile opportuntiies for feedback and advice.eligible applicants for the clinical training programme.

The application process itself is in two distinct parts:
Part 01:  Electronic application to M80N Leeds through the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust MyTap system. Applicants who are shortlisted are invited for two interviews at NSCAP and successful applicants in part 01 may take part in part 02:

Part 02: Submission of an application to one or more of the NHS trusts in the northern region that have been accredited by the school as providers of clinical training posts in child and adolescent psychotherapy. The trusts will then interview the potential trainees. Successful candidates will be offered a training post within the NHS after discussion between the appointing NHS Trusts and NSCAP.

Commencement of the training post and employment is September of each year.

NB: acceptance onto the training with NSCAP (part 01) does not guarantee the succuessful application and achievement of an NHS training post. If applicants are unsuccessful in obtaining an NHS training post, they can reapply the following year. It is not possible to take up a place on the clinical training without a trainee child psychotherapy post in the NHS.

How many years will it take me to become a CAPt?
The Clinical and Research Training Programme lasts for 4 years. Trainees must first have completed the part time postgraduate PGDip/MA Psychoanalytic Observational Studies programme, which takes 2-4 years, depending on the level of intensity of study.

When is the application deadline for the clinical placements?
Applications for the clinical placements are accepted in January of each year and the deadline is usually 31st January – please see “Guidance for Trainees” document for more information on the application process.

Will I find a job after the training?
On qualification as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at NSCAP, trainees are eligible to become full members of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. They are entitled to apply for child and adolescent psychotherapy posts within the NHS in CAMHS or specialist settings. Occasionally newly qualified child psychotherapists take up generic posts within CAMHS, or work as child psychotherapists in social care or in the voluntary sector, although this is the exception rather than the rule.


MyTap Application Guidance

Clinical Training Course Flyer 2022

Guidelines for Trainees 2022